Rolls-Royce announced today at the Dubai Airshow, that Yemenia Yemen Airways, the official carrier of the Republic of Yemen, has confirmed its order for Trent XWB engines to power 10 firm Airbus A350 XWBs, with deliveries starting the fourth quarter of 2015. The engines will be covered by a TotalCare® long-term services agreement.
The new aircraft will form part of a fleet replacement and modernisation programme for Yemenia, based in Sana'a, as well as offer additional capacity for growth.
Yemenia has also signed a contract for a TotalCare agreement covering the Trent 700 engines it already operates on two Airbus A330-200s.
Captain Abdulkalek Al-Kadi, Chairman of Yemen Airways, said: “The decision to select the Trent-powered A350 XWB has been based on reducing our operating costs to help us efficiently manage our planned growth. The Trent XWB, backed by TotalCare, is vital to our success with its focus on the lowest cost of ownership, giving us the best value across our range of operations.”
Mick Forey, Senior Vice President - Airlines for Rolls-Royce, added: "The Trent XWB has been extremely successful with our Middle East customers. This is largely due to the Trent family’s proven capability in the harsh operating conditions of airlines in this region. Our innovative, yet low-risk design philosophy helps us to deliver the best engine solutions for our customers.”
The Trent XWB is available in a range of thrusts from 74,000 to 92,000 lb and a single engine type will power all versions of the A350 XWB.
More information on Rolls-Royce in the Middle East is available on www.rolls-royce.com/middle_east/default.htm
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